Content Migration using Web Service and Client Side Object Model

Most of our intranet sites have been moved from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2013, like Team sites and MySite. The only one left is the our corporate portal site, which serves the entire company.


In MOSS 2007, we implemented many Farm solutions, such as, custom web parts, list event receivers, workflow and custom site template. Those are the bits that make upgrade challenging. For team sites, we re-complied the Farm solution (there is only one Farm solution for Team sites) and deployed to SharePoint 2013. Then take the content database to SharePoint 2010 first, then SharePoint 2013. However, for our corporate portal site, which is heavily customized, we don’t want to follow the same road-map since we try to avoid Farm solutions and convert everything to App Model. Business also want to split this one site collection to 3 new site collections in SharePoint 2013.


I developed a custom migration tool in a short period. It will allow site admin to migrate the MOSS 2007 site to SharePoint 2013 remotely as well as converting custom web parts to App parts and updating the links in the list items.


SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2013

For MOSS 2007, I’m using Web Services like /_vti_bin/Webs.asmx, /_vti_bin/Lists.asmx,  /_vti_bin/Views.asmx and /_vti_bin/WebPartPages.asmx. There is also a custom web service developed due to the limitation of OOTB web service. For SharePoint 2013, Web Services are used as well as Client Side Object Model. Using this custom migration tool, site admins can move a site/list to anywhere they want.



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